Less Nessman

Less Nessman

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The Less Nessman brand of Blues/Rock and Folk/Funk is a soulful groove with a rocker edge that makes a sitting fan get up and get down. Take your favorite 80’s summer hit sung through Janis and Aretha’s vocal chords and you’ve got Less Nessman - edgy vocals, melodic lyricism, and driving beats.

Biography

Less Nessman is damn good music. Great to listen to, great to groove to, and easy to hum right along to. Rock and Pop. Blues and Soul.

Naomi’s powerhouse vocals and signature scats rouse the audiences with a jolt to the soul - reminiscent of Grace Slick colliding with Janis Joplin. Her voice lifts off from the syncopated rhythms of her acoustic guitar.

Adam Stein’s classic rock riffs and solos conjure the likes of Mark Knopfler and David Gilmour. They dance with Naomi for a sound that peels out of the lane with a nostalgic flare.

The power of Naomi’s guitar rhythms and jazzy-blue vocals, and Stein’s gallant 70’s rockin’ chops, combined with driving-it-home beats will plant songs in your head and keep them spinning for days.

Tribe 13 columnist Michelle Levy describes Less Nessman as, “Sized to fit. Nostalgic. Like your favorite pair of jeans. Satisfy that deep craving for denim blues...You instinctively know where to put your feet."

Less and Stein got together through a series of jams and parties in New York City during the fall of 2002. They each brought in original songs and their favorite covers to craft the set list for their first Less Nessman gig on that New Year’s Eve. Since then, Less Nessman has performed shows throughout New York City at many venues including The Knitting Factory, Canal Room, The Cutting Room, Lion’s Den, Kenny’s Castaways, and CBGB’s Gallery. Recently they played in Chicago at Abbey Pub, Elbo Room, and Goose Island.

Less hails from Chicago, studied classical voice at Northwestern University, and learned to play guitar through her Indigo Girls CD’s. Stein transplanted from Kansas City and has been playing guitar in bands since he was twelve. These origins influence and create Less Nessman’s unique sound.

Less Nessman is bringing their energy to the rest of the East Coast and beyond. Catch them at venues in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and LA! Stay tuned to www.lessnessman.com as the band makes its moves, and be sure to sign-up on the email list and send a note to say “Rock On!

Lyrics

Spread Your Love

Written By: Naomi Less

Spread your wings and cover this bounty
Spread your wings right across the sea
Spread your wings in a soft canopy
Just spread your love over me

When I fear all the noises coming out in the night
Spread your love over me
When I run from the shadows of my inner divine
Spread your love over me
When my soul feels trapped in a small dark space
Spread your love over me
When my mind starts a spinnin’ and I wanna erase
Spread your love over me

When a darkness drapes right over my life
And I wanna find the strength just to run and hide
So I ask, oh, please keep the Satan away
In the shadow of your wings all I can do is pray

Oh, lay me down…oh, I’m falling…
Rest my mind from all that I see
My mind’s uprooted, thrown from the center
Spread a blanket over me

When my world seems to plunge in a downward dive
When embarking on a search for why I’m alive
When the existential questions begin to drown
And I yearn for the centerpiece to come around

Oh, lay me down…oh, I’m falling…
Rest my mind from all that I see
My mind’s uprooted, thrown from the center
Spread a blanket oh…Spread a blanket oh…
Spread a blanket over me

Empire

Written By: Adam Stein

When I was 10, I was on a ride in Disneyland
I’m flying high, like Peter Pan and Jetson land
I wanted be a scientist of energy
Conducting traffic for the people of earth

So I played music, learned some chords and wrote some songs
I studied the rainbow and the frequency vibration laws
I wanted to build a chakra tower of chemicals
Harmonic visions of wisdom and truth

Way up in the sky
Looking at Manhattan
From a bird’s eye view
All the beautiful buildings
Brightened by the avenues
The tallest one spoke to me and said

“You can be anything that you want to be if you put your mind to the energy!”

Walking this city
It’s a minefield of creative thought
I’m taking surveys for the color code announcement chart
I can feel the power of a glory world
United vision, spiritual peace

Way up in the sky
Looking at Manhattan
From a bird’s eye view
All the beautiful buildings
Brightened by the avenues
The tallest one spoke to me and said

“You can be anything that you want to be if you put your mind to the energy!”

I want to be the man who decides what the colors of the Empire State building are tonite
I want to be the man who decides what the colors of the Empire State building are tonite

Emotion is Energy
Energy is Frequency
Frequency is Colors
Colors are Tunes

I want to be the man who decides what the colors of the Empire State building are tonite
I want to be the man who decides what the colors of the Empire State building are tonite

Discography

"Bird's Eye View"
self-released LP, November 25, 2004

The songs "Just Be" and "Bucklemack & The Bro"
play on Radio Cyrstal Blue (www.radiocrystalblue.com) internet radio.

Set List

Normally we play a 45 to 60 minute set of mostly originals. A little bit of rock, a little bit of edgy folk. A little bit of funk, and a little bit of soul.

Original tunes are chosen from our debut album "Bird's Eye View" and then beyond:

Ode to Lyle
Spread Your Love
Empire
Bucklemack & The Bro
Just Be
Blank Pages
Roll & Tumble
It's Not About Me
I Choose Now
Texas Sklyline
Play Me
Picture

We can easily play 2 one hour sets of originals and covers. Typical covers include, Doobie Brothers, The Pretenders, Janis Joplin, and The Police. We are known to do a killer Roxanne, a smokey Son of a Preacher Man, and we get the crowd singing on Drift Away and Pink Houses.

We keep the peeps engaged and our stage energy is infectious.

We have played many clubs in NYC including:
The Knitting Factory - Tap Room and Old Office
The Canal Room
The Cutting Room
Coda
Makor
Lion's Den
C-Note

We have also played in Chicago at:
Elbo Room
Goose Island
Abbey Pub